Um, we’ve got a leak…

April 13, 2010

Your diapers are leaking, have no fear! Leaks are not completely unusual when first starting out. With a little bit of troubleshooting, we are confident you will join thousands of other families around the globe who have found Thirsties® Cloth Diapers as the very best in leak-proof protection.

Below we offer a few of the most common reasons for leaks & their corresponding solutions:

•The fit may be too big. It is tempting to purchase diapers a bit larger than what you need in order to get longer use out of them. But our diapers are very generously cut and if you size-up, they will not fit properly and will end up leaking.

Solution: Use smaller size within the proper weight range for your baby.

•Using the wrong detergent can lead to build-up and will make your diapers repel. Thirsties Pre-Wash and Super Wash have been specifically formulated for washing cloth diapers. Read our Care and Use info for complete washing instructions.
Solution: Strip your diapers by replacing your detergent with 1-2 Tbs Dawn dish soap. Switch to Thirsties Pre-Wash and Super Wash which effectively clean your diapers and leave no residue behind.

•Hard water ridden with minerals can also lead to build-up and will make your diapers repel. Thirsties Pre-Wash and Super Wash have been proven effective in even the hardest of water conditions. Read our Care and Use info for complete washing instructions.
Solution: Strip your diapers by replacing your detergent with 1-2 Tbs Dawn dish soap. Switch to Thirsties Pre-Wash and Super Wash to effectively clean your diapers.

•Fabric softeners and diaper rash ointment can coat the fibers of your diapers and make them leak.
Solution: Strip your diapers by replacing your detergent with 1-2 Tbs Dawn dish soap. Discontinue using fabric softeners and diaper rash ointments that are not advertised as cloth diaper friendly.

•The diapers may be worn for too long between changes.
Solution: Cloth diaper changes need to be more frequent than disposables and on average will need repacement every 2 hours. If you need to go longer than that, you will need to add a good cotton or hemp doubler or insert.

•The diaper does not meet the absorbency needs of your baby.
Solution: As your baby grows, so does his/her bladder. Infants will urinate frequently whereas a toddler will reserve his/her urine and release it all at once every couple hours. Therefore, as your baby develops you may need to add more absorbency to a diaper that used to work sufficiently on its own. Consider adding a Thirsties Hemp Insert to your regular cloth diaper system.

•The waterproof lamination on your diaper or cover needs to be resealed.
Solution: An occasional tumble in the dryer on high is actually beneficial to the waterproofing layer.

•And finally, if you have a baby boy, be sure to point his privates downward when changing his diaper. If he is aiming to the side or up, he will leak out of the diaper or cover.

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